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Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Estuary Life Walk, A Retrospective Tale of Two Travellers, Part 11

Towards the end of our time in Sitka, hubby and I went on The Estuary Life Walk at Starrigavan Recreation Area.  It was a drippy, drizzly grey sort of day, a little chilly but oh so beautiful.  The whole experience made my heart sing in ways that the whales and otters also made it sing.  Being immersed in a tunnel of lush green, walking on a boardwalk that wound its way over small streams with glimpses of views tantalisingly there one moment and gone the next, only to be found again when you rounded a corner to a little seating nook.  Feeling like we were the only people there, well I'm pretty sure we actually were!

Even for this gammy kneed menopausal mumma, the walk was easy, walking stick in one hand, camera in the other, stopping often to take photos of signs and views and moss and boardwalk, it was just serene.

Hubby's wondering if we can claim this bit of our trip on my tax, you see I am the Coordinator of a Design Studio for a Government Department in Perth that produces signs and panels for our national parks.  So one thing I regularly do when we travel is look at what other agencies are doing and take photos to show the guys I work with.  Hence this post is peppered with the signs we found along the walk, but I'm sure you will find them interesting, they are well done and I like their graphic style.

So here we go, come with me along The Boardwalk ....

At the start of the trail there is a bird hide and this carving is on the right as you enter

And this carving is on the left, beautiful pieces of work

Sign within the birdhide

Another sign in the birdhide

The only bird around while we were there was this gorgeous heron

View from the birdhide

The other view from the birdhide with the heron that little dot you can see there

The start of the boardwalk

And what's that, yep more moss this time on the branches of the trees!!

Welcome to the lush green tunnel, who wouldn't want to walk down here?

Looking up into one of the trees, just mossy gardens everywhere

Yep more moss, I'm just in love with the different colour, textures and styles of moss you can find in Alaska

Little tufts of moss ground on the trunk of this tree

The first sign we found along the boardwalk, looking back towards the boardwalk we had just left

Okay, I admit, I'm obsessed with moss

Next sign we found

And yet another invitation to keep walking

What's that we spy ahead, a small seating area over the stream

Somewhere to take a seat, read a sign and enjoy the view

Sign at seating nook with dead salmon too if you look closely enough!

Looking back towards the boardwalk, love the colours and architecture here

The next sign we found

Another glimpse back to where we started, the birdhide nestled in the forest

The next sign deals with logging

So peaceful and calm it is hard to imagine loggers once being here

Lush and green

Deep dark shadows

And moss growing on fallen limbs

Another seating spot, another sign

And yet another glimpse back to the start

Hubby carrying my bag, he is such a sweetie

Perfect views with wisps of low clouds

Another invitation to enter the deep dark shadows, divine

The final curve, before the bridge over the river at the end

Walks end, standing on the bridge and looking back towards the Sound

And right at the end we find the Brown Bear seen sign, thankfully months before we were here.
It did make me more cautious on the return walk though!!

I hope you enjoyed the walk as much as I did, I'm sure hubby thinks I'm daft sometimes for taking photos of signs and boardwalks, but I just loved this walk and the invitations I found along the boardwalk.

Thanks for popping by xxxx


  1. What a glorious place. And I too would have taken photos of the signs. And the moss. And the boardwalk.
    Ooh and ahh. I would love to have somewhere like that on my doorstep. A balm for a battered soul.
    Thank you.

    1. Thanks EC. It was certainly a wonderfully calming experience, and I loved reliving it while doing the post.

  2. I was totally thrown off by your mention of a 'bird hide' thinking you meant the skin of a bird stretched out for people to see...than it dawned on me...a 'bird blind'...a place to observe whle unobserved. lol. You had me going for a minute (okay two)... Great shots.

    1. Of course, I forgot that bird hide is probably a very Australia (or maybe English) way to explain a bird blind. Loving your thought process, I think I might have been a little disturbed if I found a bird skin stretched out LOL. thanks for popping by

  3. It's a very lovely walk and I'm glad I came along with you. I love boardwalks through trees and over streams. The whole area is so nice. The birdhide looks like a cubbyhouse.

    1. Thanks for coming along River, glad you enjoyed it. Your right from a distance the birdhide does look like a cubby, a fantastic cubby in a forest.

  4. I am so glad you were able to walk the distance...you didn't say how long the walk was but you did so well, even with THAT knee. I don't blame you for taking the pics of the signs as anything new would help you with your work here.
    I have never seen so many shades of green and the mossy branches of trees are gorgeous. Thanks for taking us on that lovely walk with you both. xx

    1. It was only about 1/2 a kilometre, or 30 minutes or so walk, although we took a bit longer by stopping and enjoy ourselves along the way. Slight downward slope that we had to walk back up, but all doable even with my dodgy knee. The green drew me in.



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